A participant at the 1st FASU Tennis Slam. [PHOTO BY: Henry Nsekuye]

Kampala - Uganda

The first edition of the Federation of Africa University Sports Tennis Championships, dubbed 1st FASU Tennis Slam started off on April 19, 2019 and was held at the main sports ground of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The two day tournament was the first of its kind in the history of FASU.

The event was the highlight of the Easter break at the prestigious university and attracted athletes from four universities who competed in men’s and women’s singles and doubles matches using the best of three super tie breaker series which turned out to not only be a highly competitive tournament but also very entertaining for the students who made it to the center courts in the unforgiving scotching sun.

The participants were welcomed and addressed by the FASU General Secretary and also, Principal Sports Tutor at the university Ms. Peninnah Aligawesa Kabenge who highlighted the significance of the Tennis Slam as a qualifying event to future FISU championships.

Henry Nsekuye, a former FASU Students’ Representative and also FISU Student Ambassador re-echoed Ms. Kabenge’s address citing himself as an example of the fruits of participating in university sports and shared about the life-changing opportunities available for student athletes in FASU and FISU.

Action kicked off in high gear with a ladies’ singles clash between Nahirya Mellon and Teddy  Onyait but it was the latter whose nimble forehand proved to be too good for Mellon to counter as she finished off with a 6-1 6-2 victory. The seven ladies in the competition played against each other in a knock out format for the singles with the top four at the end of the day earning a spot each in the semifinals to be played the next day. The ladies doubles were held in a round robin format with the top three pairs guaranteed to attain silverware.

In the men’s category, games were played using the knockout format starting round of 16 for the singles and round of 8 for the doubles, till the semifinalists were identified for both events. The host university’s combination of Mugisha Jonathan Gilbert and Denis Woniala manifested their close personal friendship on court as they saw off their opponents from Uganda Christian University with alternating power and skill plays.

All is set for day two which will be semifinals and finals for both men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles as well as the final women’s doubles games will also be held. Also on the line up is the medals ceremony and closing of the games.

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